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Comment: non-surprise (Score 1) 293

by JavaBear (#48935397) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

Was anyone really expecting anything else? They certainly wouldn't ever have considered Airbus, the GOP and the public would have slaughtered whomever made the decision to buy non-American, regardless of the benefits the alternatives might have had. That plane is as much an ambassador for the US, as the passengers flying on it.

Comment: Re:Aerial or underground ? (Score 2) 516

by JavaBear (#48465693) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

That, and the installed capacity. It seems to me that power companies gamble with projected load, trying to rationalize less expensive cables, at least on new installations. Of course then there is the overall age of the existing grid. IIRC the current US grid is just getting old, designed for a time with a much lower load, and no amount of "smart grid" can magically increase available capacity sufficiently.

Comment: Not heroes (Score 5, Insightful) 389

by JavaBear (#47031259) Attached to: Swedish Fare Dodgers Organize Against Transportation Authorities

These people are parasites, and leeches, whose evasion is helping to drive UP the cost for everybody else.
Public transportation is en expensive service, mostly subsidized through taxes, these hypocritical parasites help make it that much more expensive for everybody else.

I hope the Swedish authorities take an idea that was floated when the same was about to happen in Denmark.

The fines the "organization" pay, are to be treated as taxable income.

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